There are places that turn up in literature or in film—mystical and legendary
places whose names may be familiar but about which we know little. We nod
knowingly at the reference, but are often left wondering about places such as
Atlantis, the lost land overwhelmed by the sea, or El Dorado, the fabulous city
that vanished somewhere in the South American jungles. Other names are more
evocative—Mount Olympus, the Garden of Eden, the mystic Isle of Avalon, and
Davy Jones’ Locker.
But did such places actually exist and if so, where were they, and what really
happened? What are the traditions and legends associated with them? In the
fascinating new book, Lost Lands, Forgotten Realms, historian Dr. Bob Curran
sets out to find the answers by journeying to the far-flung corners of the world
and to the outer reaches of human imagination.
Inside you will:
• Climb the high mountains in search of the mythical Shangri-La • Navigate the
deep swamps and jungles in a quest for the Seven Cities of Cibola
• Travel to the depths of the dark oceans to look for sunken lands such as
Lemuria and Lyonesse
• Experience unspeakable danger in a realm rarely visited by men—the
subterranean lair of Judaculla
• Discover the secrets of Heliopolis, Yggradsil, Hy Brasail, the Kingdom of
Prester John, Llyobia, and the Hollow Hills.
Filled with lavish illustrations by acclaimed artist Ian Daniels, Lost Lands,
Forgotten Realms takes you on a wonderful and sometimes terrifying journey,
combining mythological and legendary tales with historical fact.
Psychologist and historian Dr. Bob Curran has travelled the world in the study of
mythology and folklore, which he has also extensively written and lectured
about. He is the author of Vampires, Encyclopedia of the Undead, Celtic Lore &
Legend, and Walking with the Green Man. He lives in Northern Ireland with his
wife and family.
Ian Daniels has illustrated book covers for Marion Zimmer Bradley, Orson Scott
Card, and Poul Anderson. His illustration projects include Vampires,
Encyclopedia of the Undead, Dragonlore, Gargoyles, Classic Celtic Fairytales,
and Tales of the Celtic Otherword.